1. [late 18C–19C; 1980s+] a fool, a simpleton [note Online Dict. of Playground Slang (2001) defines a spoon as ‘a person so dense they were not allowed to use a sharp object, they could only have a spoon’].
2. [mid-19C] (Aus.) the penis.
3. [mid-19C–1910s] a foolishly infatuated lover.
4. [late 19C] a foolish, sentimental affection.
5. in attrib. use of sense 3.
6. [late 19C; 2000s] a flirt; an act of flirtation; thus do spoons v., to offer sentimental and ridiculous protestations of love.
7. [1920s] (US) a shovel.
8. [1950s+] (also spoonful) 2g (1/16th oz) of heroin or cocaine [approx. 1 teaspoonful].
9. [1970s+] enough heroin to provide a single injection [the contents of the spoon that is used to heat the drug].
1. [mid-19C-1910s] foolish, sentimental.
2. [mid-19C] tricked, deceived.
[mid-19C-1900s] sentimentality; foolishness.
[mid–late 19C] to court, to make love.
[1970s+] (drugs) using narcotics.
[mid-19C–1920s] a phr. used of a couple who are obviously in love.
[1950s+] (drugs) not using drugs.
[mid–late 19C] sentimentally in love with.
[mid–late 19C] courting.
SE in slang uses
see by the great horn spoon! under great...! excl.